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to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. it is a black day across america, and retailers couldn't be happier. if you thought last year's black friday was insane, it is even crazier this year and that's because sale-driven shoppers who gave up part or all of their thanksgiving to camp out for hours weren't just waiting around for specials today. after testing the waters last year, more and more big name stores like target, toys"r"us and walmart opened their doors last night, some as early as 8:00 p.m. >>> it's more than a stunt. the door busting deals are a life line for the brick and mortar businesses banking on the nearly one in five holiday shoppers who they say will take full advantage of this year's head starts on bargains. at stake, more than half a trillion dollars. >>> like those braving the crowds, we are ready to dive right into the middle of the madness. nbc's jay gray is live for us this morning at the mall of america outside of minneapolis. all right. what have you bought so far? >> reporter: i've been too busy to shop. come on, very ron kachlt we'll talk later. maybe i can pick
. this is a time of great challenges for america, and i pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation. >> and then it was the president's turn. he and his family walked out on stage early this morning to cries of four more years. >> tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward. tonight in this election you, the american people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the united states of america, the best is yet to come. >> and we're going to hear more from both men in just a few moments. but first nbc's kristen welker is at obama headquarters in chicago. a long-fought battle for the president? >> reporter: absolutely, lynn. the crowd was electrified when president obama walked out onto the stage behind me. of course, when president obama delivered his victory speech, in that speech he talked about meeting with mitt romney and also talked about reachin
area get back to track. and, david, that's really what this is about, america coming together. >> the other issue, of course, that will be perhaps decisive in battleground virginia is the economy. here was after the latest job numbers came out and unemployment ticking up to 7.9% a headline from "the los angeles times" that caught my eye that seems to be a direct challenge to governor romney. and this is it. the jobs report arouses new optimism. october data shows solid growth and suggests a smoother road for whoever wins the presidency. the economy seems to be moving in the right direction, is the suggestion there. does that hurt governor romney's case? >> well, david, the reality is that if 7.9% unemployment, if 12 million or so people out of work and 8 million more either underemployed or working part time, if that is satisfactory to you, then this is acceptable, this obama administration's performance. what i will tell you from the folks that i meet is it is totally unacceptable. this is not good enough for us in america. i just ran into a gentleman the other day in an airp
are leaving the country. ravek vadwad tries to plug america's brain drain. plus, the secret formula for entrepreneurs. with reporters eric savitz of "forbes" and "usa today's" john soares. this week on "press: here." >>> good morning, everyone. i'm scott mcgrew. a neat little american success story for you. a young couple graduates from the university of wisconsin. they create an app for facebook, get millions of users, and start a company. just one problem. the problem is they were here on a student visa. anand and shika shapar were unable to get permanent residency in the united states. so the couple and their business went back to india, where the company operates today. >> we found 52% of the start-ups in silicon valley were founded by people like me. >> vavek vadwad has sounded the alarm on this brain drain. foreign-born entrepreneurs leaving he says subtracting jobs and tax revenue from our economy. the value of foreign-born entrepreneurs is well known in silicon valley. sun microsystems was started by an indian immigrant, intel by a hungarian, ebay a frenchman, google a russi
. >> they didn't do anything to sde deserve this. they didn't do anything. >>> and a hard look at what america is ordering at amazon these days, and he still can't stop talking about the b.b. gun he wanted as a boy. plus, look at what just turned 40. ♪ and you and me are free to be you and me ♪ >> a cultural touchstone hits a birthday and are probably feeling pretty good about it right now. that and more as "rock center" gets under way. >>> good evening to rock center. the tree is lit up tonight. we keep hearing the holiday is roaring back this year. everybody is hoping it's a sign of a morro bust economy, but way too many families got caught and are still trapped in the downturn. ann curry spent time with families who were supposed to have the american dream, educated, hard-working with all the trappings of middle class life in america. but in kind of a slow-motion way, they have watched themselves become part of a new class of working homeless, something we last saw in the depression 80 years ago. and as ann curry shows us tonight, these families are trying mightily to turn their lives b
of the year, will impact everyone in america. today president obama will be meeting with key labor and progressive leaders at that time white house for the first in a series of high-profile economic talks that he will be hosting this week. >>> in other news from hurricane sandy and last week's nor'easter to spring-like weather in the east and a mercury plunge in the west, where are asking what is with the crazy extremes in weather. nbc chief environmental affairs correspondent anne thompson has that story. >> reporter: america has a case of weather whiplash. >> 60 degrees as our high on friday and then 28 degrees as our high on saturday. >> reporter: this weekend the west went from summer to winter overnight. >> that's winter, ins stfrnlthswinter. >> reporter: the northeast bass beings in spring like temperatures, still recovering from superstorm sandy and a nor'easter. >> i'm waiting for the locusts next. >> reporter: this year alone the nation's endured a withering drought, the largest wildfires in history and the warmest month on record. in 2011 there were 14 extreme weather eve
fiscal cliff, compromise and the odds of the deal happening. >>> america's energy independence and the environmentalist that says fracking is here to say. how do we make it safe? we will drill down to get answers. >>> and many call him the next steve jobs. you are probably already using something this quiet genius already invented. the "wall street journal report" begins right now. >> this is america's number 1:00 one financial news program, "wall street journal report." now maria bartiromo. >>> here's a look at what is making news as we head to a new week on wall street. corporate america had a strong message for president obama this week. ceos of a dozen of america's largest companies met with the president and warned that washington must reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. the president also sat down with congressional leaders and officially began negotiations. if congress doesn't act taxes on income, dividends and estates will go up and spending cuts will kick in january 1st. this week, i spoke to allen simpson ander skis bowl subpoeimpson anders skin bowls. >> you can'
america's 16th president gets the spielberg treatment. >>> finally tonight days after our nation's 44th president was re-elected to a second term the spotlight turns to america's 16th president -- at the movies at least. abraham lincoln getting the big screen treatment courtesy of steven spielberg. here's nbc's kevin tibbles. >> reporter: he may have started out the poor self-educated son of homesteaders, but for thousands of school children who visit the museum honoring his presidency every week abraham lincoln remains a beacon whose convictions shaped a nation. >> he did a lot for our country. we can learn from the past to help improve what our future is going to be. >> reporter: at 6'4" abraham lincoln was a tall man of even greater historic stature. >> he did a lot, especially for my culture as far as with the emancipation proclamation and his thoughts and ideas of how to really run our country. i thought it was pretty cool. >> reporter: presidents may not have been considered cool in the 1860s, but this one is about to become a hollywood star. >> i like our chances now. >> reporter
making news "early today" in america now. we begin with what could potentially be an end to jesse jackson jr.'s political career. cbs chicago reporting that plea deal is in the works for the newly re-elected congressman that could include his resignation and jail time. the illinois lawmaker is under investigation for allegedly misusing over $40,000 of his campaign funds. jackson is currently battling depression stemming from a bipolar disorder and receiving treatment from doctors at the mayo clinic. >>> next to indianapolis, where investigators want to know what caused a massive explosion that left two people dead and dozens homeless. the powerful blast ignited a massive fire that destroyed or damaged approximately over 30 homes. the cause of the explosion is uncertain, but the concussion was felt up to three miles away. >>> finally, it was flying day this past weekend in san francisco. 33 teams did their best to take flight at the tenth annual red bull flugtag. competitors launched their homemade aircrafts into mccovey cove from a 30-foot platform. judges graded on flight time, creativit
we have not seen until now. >>> and it is the end of the line for a guilty pleasure in america. but how did it come to this? nightly news begins now. >>> good evening, it worries them enough that israel's tanks appear ready to roll into gaza, and the skies have been raining rockets there for several days. perhaps the larger worry, both sides in this escalating fight have powerful friends that are getting involved and taking sides, like egypt, friend of hamas, and the united states, which tonight is sending naval vessels offshore in case americans need to get out of there. it has been another day of explosions and air raid sirens. it remains a situation on the edge. we have two reports tonight. our richard engel is in gaza, we want to begin, though, with martin fletcher in tel aviv. >> reporter: good evening, they met on the agenda escalating in gaza and a possible ground invasion. the militants are challenging israel, by firing rockets where they never fired them before. a complete surprise, jerusalem, israel's capital, was attacked for the first time today. this picture on the
with eager shoppers, including the mall of america in minnesota. nbc's jay gray is there with more. >> reporter: the cheers, the chasing. >> a lot of good deals. >> pretty good experience. >> reporter: black friday is now in full swing and nowhere is it bigger than inside the more than 4 million square feet at the mall of america. >> an adventure. they come looking for the deals. they are here. we see a few. 200,000 people. >> reporter: a merchandise marathon that is run across the country and some places shoppers camping out for the best deals. >> you are saving more than half of it. it's affordable right now. even if you have to be out here to get it. >> reporter: clearly now, that wait is over. millions across the country showing up at stores in waves. >> it is shift shopping. the first shift started at midnight. they were probably gone by 2:00 in the morning. >> the second shift is much more pleasurable. i'll use that word. civil is a good word. >> reporter: civil and judging from the bags, successful for the retailers and those looking for bargains. >> mickey. we have tools. w
that money is really making america any safer. keene, new hampshire, is a small, quaint new england town so it seemed strange when the police department needed an armored vehicle like this called a bearcat to fight terrorism. >> i couldn't imagine what they meant. >> reporter: what did they list as potential terrorist targets? >> the pumpkin festival that we hold every october that's held right here. >> reporter: in the town square. >> in the town square. >> reporter: does it get out of control, the pumpkin festival? >> no. >> reporter: although it wasn't the only thing they cited the festival was a big part of their argument for the $286,000 bearcat. but it turns out keene didn't have to foot the bill. u.s. taxpayers did. all across the country law enforcement departments are getting the latest in military style equipment from armored cars to flying drones. republican senator tom coburn of oklahoma had his office follow the money and released the findings exclusively to nbc news. how much money are we talking about? >> over a period of years, billions. >> reporter: billions of dollars? >>
's reiterated the possibility of a downgrade if america goes over the fiscal cliff but said it would wa wait after budget negotiations. a downgrade will make it more expensive for the united states to borrow money. >>> superstorm sandy would provide an economic boost to the auto industry. 250,000 new and used cars may have been ruined by sandy. a loss that could eventually lead to a spike in auto sales. overall consumer borrowing expanded in september but at a slower pace than the previous month. a sign buyers may be pulling back on credit card purchases. this is an important point because consumer and consumer spending make up two-thirds of the u.s. economy. >>> what will a second term for president obama mean to the economy? will we see compromise or fall over the fiscal cliff? joining me are two former top presidential advisers. laura tyson, chair of the economic advisers then for president clinton and marty feldstein who held the same title under president reagan. laura, marty great to have you on the program. thank you for spending the time today. >> thank you. >> good to be with you. >
right now. this is america's number one financial news report, "wall street journal report." now maria bartiromo. >> the kick off to the most important shopping season of the year is underway. it is started earlier some retailers opened their doors on thursday night after thanksgiving dinner. it got off to a good start and analysts expect sales to rise a little more than 4%, not as strong as last year. retailers earned one-third of their profits during the holiday season and consumers make up 70% of the u.s. economy. during the holiday-shortened week the markets moved in tandem for the fiscal cliff. up more midweek. the markets continued to climb on friday. stunning accusations that one of america's iconic companies hewlett-packard which acquired autonomy last year for $11 billion is accusing autonomy of what it called serious improprieties in its bookkeeping and inflating its own value. meg witman says the company lied about how much it was worth. >> we believe there's a willful effort on the part of certain members of autonomy management to mislead shareholders when they were a publi
told during the campaign about the death of manufacturing in america -- harry smith tells us tonight that's just not true. and something we have noticed about our politicians during the storm crisis on the east coast. that and more as "rock center" gets under way. >>> well, good evening, and welcome to "rock center." we around here have been consumed by two huge stories over the past few days. the election drama, of course, and the big east coast storm. and then the nor'easter just last night that came in right on top of those already affected. hundreds of thousands are still without power since hurricane sandy. a lot of people who had had power restored lost it again in the snow and wind storm last night. in this region where so many lost their homes, and where millions of people have suffered through it, some times in our coverage of such events, individuals stand out. that happened on this very broadcast a week ago. a woman named phyllis, who was interviewed by ann curry on staten island. and so many of you have inquired about how she is doing, ann curry returned to staten island
as israel launch aes series of strikes in gaza. >>> courageous choice, a miss america contestant makes a bold choice about her health to avoid the breast cancer that took her mother's life. >>> and one-two punch. in a night of upsets, the top two teams in college football both lose, turning the national championship picture on its head and leaving notre dame fighting irish fans with big smiles on their faces today, sunday, november 18th within 2012. ouncer: from nbc news, this is "today" with lester holt and erica hill, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i'm erica hill. >>> and i'm lester holt. a lot of talk of ceasefire between israel and hamas, but certainly not happening. the two sides going in opposite directions launching a series of strikes at each other. we'll get a live update from gaza in just a moment. >>> and then the question so many have been asking in the wake of this sex scandal involving david petraeus, what about his wife? holly petraeus very accomplished in her own right. she has made a number of sacrifices thr
of the house homeland security committee, new york republican peter king. then where does america stand on the verge of a second obama term in office? the economy, the fiscal cliff talks, the president's priorities in the next four years. our roundtable is here. david brooks of "the new york times." msnbc's reverend al sharpton. former ceo of hewlett-packard carly fiorina >> historian and film maker ken burns. and nbc chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell. and we'll here from representative gregory meeks this morning as we check in on some of the hardest-hit victims of hurricane sandy and see how they offered thanks this weekend while surrounded by destruction. >>> from nbc news in washington, the world's longest-running television program, this is "meet the press." with david gregory. >>> president obama doing his part for the economy over the weekend out holiday shopping as part of small business saturday, picking up several children's book at an independent bookstore iypÑarlington. >>> meanwhile, uncertainty in the middle east. more clashes in egypt over the weekend as
. >>> coming to america, the u.s. a beacon of freedom and hope for people all around the world. the green citizenship about to be fulfilled for these 30 people, they come from different lands, have different stories to tell, but they'll all become americans live today, friday, november 16th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning, welcome to "today" on a friday morning, i am matt lauer. >> good morning, i am savannah guthrie. we look at the statue of liberty live. we're going to witness something incredible on the plaza. if there's a dry eye left when the ceremony is over, i'll be amazed. 30 people that worked so hard to become u.s. citizens, a wait sometimes measured in decades will become u.s. citizens on the plaza this morning. >> so many of us take this for granted. those people on the plaza do not take it for granted. it will be amazing, their family members will witness it as well. >> we look forward to that. >>> we start with sad news out of midland, texas. one minute they're taken to
>> this is "the chris matthews show." >> in america, we celebrate success. >> i never said this journey would be easy. >> that future is our destiny. >> we are moving forward, america. chris: america chooses. the question dominates the country, to reup a president urging him to reup his game to do more, or reject him, bringing in an alternative from the party it rejected last time. so many questions. jobs. foreign policy. national security. gender issues. all wrapped up in one. to hold or to change. if it weren't for that, suppose romney had run as a moderate from the get-go. suppose obama had faced down his rival in that first debate the way he faced down hurricane sandy? would have, could have, should have, of 2012. and finally, taking it in the gut. one candidate will suffer a personal and profound loss next tuesday night. either the first african-american president or a man who feels a duty to so many others or the man who wanted to redeem his father's own failed presidential bid long ago. i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. with us new york magazine's john heilema
hear you. >> the time for change has come. chris: the new america, the country makes history again. doubling down on hope and barack obama. what does the winner hope will give him and more important us a second term upgrade? will the hard right in the house give thumbs down for the re-elected president, will they risk the fiscal abyss to keep their ties to the tea party? and finally, this is my country. even mitt romney was echoing that cry from the anti-obama crowd, pledging to take our country back. but that is deep in the past. no matter how hard they want it, america's fewer you to -- future just won't look like the early 1950's. hi, i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. with us today, the washington post bob woodward. "the washington post" kathleen parker, "the new york times" d helen cooper. first up. barack obama's place in american presidential history was upgrated tuesday with his convincing sweeping re-election by an entirely new american elect rat. -- electorate. >> we are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions and we remain more than a collection of red sta
that remains deadlocked. >> after four years as president, you know me. >> it is time to lead america to a better place. ♪ you make me feel >> reporter: from katy perry in wisconsin -- ♪ >> reporter: to dave matthews in have virginia, the stars turned out for the president saturday. while nascar legend richard petty revved things up in iowa for mitt romney. ♪ kid rock opening romney's biggest rally in ohio on friday. but this weekend is all about closing arguments. on saturday the president made his case in ohio, wisconsin, iowa, and virginia, where he enlisted former president bill clinton to help had him close the gap with white working class voters, and to remind them about recent boone times under a democratic president. >> barack obama is a proven cooperator. >> everybody is doing their fair share, and everybody is playing by the same rules. that's what we believe. that's why you elected bill clinton in 1992. >> reporter: mitt romney made stops in new hampshire, iowa, and colorado can on saturday be and continued to push his key argument -- the economy will be stronger unde
at arlington national cemetery. the president will lay a wreath there later on this morning. >>> one of america's most decorated veterans, david petraeus, is behind closed doors today, two days after his stunning resignation of cia director. it began as an investigation into harassing e-mails and ended with him admitting to an extramarital affair. this morning in an nbc news exclusive we'll hear from his former spokesman who talked to the general after all of this broke and says petraeus is very sorry for what he did. >>> and a bit later general petraeus is the latest in a long list of powerful men who have been involved in high-profile cheating scandals so we'll ask why do they do it? our experts will weigh in. >> also ahead, it has been nearly two weeks since hurricane sandy. thousands are still in the dark. meantime, the destruction is inspiring many others to help out -- to lend a helping hand. we'll take you to hard hit coney island. >>> plus, with thanksgiving right around the corner, why you could be getting the stuffing kicked out of your wallet if you are traveling. we'll try to help y
't know better, she shouldn't be the voice of america. >> senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. >> we'll talk to senator lindsey graham exclusively this morning. >>> plus, the key figures trying to get to the bottom of benghazi and the petraeus affair. chair of the senate intelligence committee senator dianne feinstein of california. and chair of the house intelligence committee, congressman mike rogers of michigan. >>> then after the election, will washington get anything done? talks start on how to avoid the fiscal cliff, as mitt romney draws fire from fellow republicans by accusing the president of doling out, quote, gifts to minority groups in exchange for their vote. what's the fallout and the future of the gop? with us, tea-party backed congressman raul labrador, tom friedman, former white house chief of staff for bill clinton john podesta, republican strategist mike murphy, and nbc news chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell. >>> announcer: from nbc news in washington, the world's longest-running television
in the middle east. it is building to a kre skend oh. the elections are over. now america must act. what does america have to do? >> well, with syria, if the opposition will get its act together, and become unified, it seems to me that then we should surely support turkey's request for patriot missiles as defenses against any threat from syria. but also we then have to consider a no-fly zone, providing the opposition in syria comes together. but, again, all this goes looking for ways to keep the pressure on iran and to keep taking away from iran the kind of weaponry, both psychological and real, that they are using. >> i want to shift gears as we talk about your concern about our national security in the middle east. let's bring it back home, and the fiscal cliff talks that are going to begin this week. as chairman of the armed services committee, of course, all of these defense jobs that are imperiled by what's called sequestration, meaning automatic spending cuts, half of which would come from defense, you're talking about $50 billion a year starting in january for 10 years unless this deal
or left? >> on the other side of my bed. look, if i'm laying in my bed -- >> now america's snoring. if we are in bed together, all right -- >> don't think it can't happen. weirder things have happen. >> wait, no, wait. where's the door? >> hoda! we're in your bed right now. where's your door, point, just point. i'm not facing this way, okay, okay, okay. my door's over there. i'm on this side. >> then you sleep on the right. >> i sleep on my side. >>> today is geography awareness week. this week should be fun with you today. national geography week has been all this week. who knew? the national geographic society wants to make sure we're geoliterate. >> they say we don't know anything about the globe, which is true. i'm embarrassed by what's going to happen when we take this quiz. >> we're going to take a little quiz. >> let's go. >> we thought it would be fun. >> only if you're watching us. which continent is the largest exporter of wool? much of which is produced on enormous she will ranches called stations. >> australia, b. >> hadn't even come up yet. >> a, b, c, on the bottom. you need
again, i'm waking up again. >> america now, lost in suburbia. >> thanks for joining us. i'm lester holt. many of us have a lot to be thankful for today, but even as the u.s. economy starts to sputter back to life, millions of americans remain unemployed and they're suffering. many find themselves falling out of the middle class and falling into poverty. there are more people living in the suburbs than in cities and we have been following three families as they confronted poverty. they face losing their homes and their future, yet never losing themselves. diane is the kind of do it all mom you often meet in the affluent suburbs of boulder, colorado. >> we're going to get some groceries. pasta, rice. cereal. a gallon of milk possibly and eggs. >> she's an ambitious human resource executive with a master's degree, a husband, three kids. and a comfortable home. so what is diane doing here? >> you're entitled to the government commodity today. can you use rice krispies? >> yeah. >> and a food pantry. >> i never thought we'd be in this predicament so many unknowns. >> they didn't see it comin
of the housing market that, that after all, started america's economic meltdown. in the movies he would be portrayed as the little guy crushed by the system while the fat cats get away scot free. while what you're about to see is true, it starts bhart thoners. >> harry loves running. he loves putting one foot in front of the other to see how far he can go. a feeling he savors because harry just spent a year and a half in prison. our cameras were there the first day he was released from the halfway house. his two sons met him. >> i couldn't have done it without you, guys. >> i love you, dad. >> i love you, too. >> charlie engle went to prison for his role in the financial crisis. but he didn't work here on wall street, he was not a big time banker. he was accused of doing something likely hundreds of thousands of americans did during the housing boom. he exaggerated his income on his mortgage applications. charlie found real estate a good place to make money. >> the housing market was booming for everyone. >> the bubble just got bigger and bigger. >> it did. there was no end, right? >> r
out of this? the problem has partly been america's problem. the benign neglect of the last couple of years, letting the israeli-palestinian issue moulder, not boosting the more moderate palestinian group, has enabled hamas to broker these relationship and now they have morsi and others in play with them. >> as i talk to israeli officials, they will not rule out a ground invasion that could happen anytime. andrea and tom, we'll hear from you later in the program as we get into our roundtable. thank you both very much. >>> i want to turn now to the house and senate intelligence chairs. from michigan mike rogers and democratic senator from california dianne feinstein. welcome to both of you. >> thank you. >> i want to stay in the middle east and talk about what has been a central preoccupation for you this week, and that is the aftermath of this terror attack on our consulate in benghazi in libya, of course. and as we're on the air this morning, the central question is, who knew what when, and how was this described to the american people? did the government say what it was, when it
that for the united states of america the best is yet to come. >> governor romney gracious in defeat. >> i ran for office because i'm concerned about america. this electiois over, but our principles endure. >> for the president the hard fought campaign is behind him, but the real work of turning around a troubled and still divided country begins anew today, wednesday, november 7th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," decision 2012, with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from democracy plaza. >> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a 7:00 a.m. on the west coast on a wednesday. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie with a late night here on democracy plaza or should i say early morning, but in either case, it wasn't as late as some people expected. >> not to take away from the hours you all put in last night, but fact of the matter is we were thinking that maybe we would come on the air this morning with this still undecided, and it was called fairly early in the evening by political standards in a divided country. >> yeah. >> we should
america at its best, there are no democrats or republicans during a storm, they are just fellow americans. >> reporter: launching a frantic five-day battleground tour, mr. obama hammered his opponent as a candidate who can't be trusted. >> governor romney has been using all his talents as a salesman to dress up all these same policies that failed our country so badly. >> reporter: charging into virginia, mitt romney, who Ñi softened his attack during the wake of superstorm sandy, had more to say. he re-focused squarely on his rival >> if president obama is reelected, you will see high levels of unemployment continue and stalled wage growth, if any at all. >> reporter: and mr. romney mocked mr. obama for this proposal he outlined earlier. >> i said i want to consolidate the government agencies, we should have one secretary of business, instead of nine different departments. >> we don't need the secretary of business to understand business. we need a president who understands business. and i do. >> reporter: this afternoon in richmond, mr. romney called on supporters to give to the red cro
, promised a fresh start. >> i'll lead america to a better place, where confidence in the future is certain, not questioned. this is not a time for america to settle. >> reporter: still, both candidates' electoral fortunes may rest on ohio. >> ohio, i'm betting on you, i'm betting on you. >> reporter: today, accusing mr. romney of running false ads on the auto industry, that implied jeep is moving jobs to china, ads even the automakers dismiss as untrue. >> you don't scare that up, to get votes, do you want a president to tell you what he thinks? or somebody who is going to? still, both emphasize the bipartisan theme. >> i will work with anybody of any party to move this country forward. >> i won't just represent one party, i'll represent one nation. >> reporter: brian, tonight, these rallies are all about energizing the supporters, and driving up support for tuesday. >> peter alexander, thank you, let's go to d.c., moderator, "meet the press," david gregory, david, the question becomes we're aware not everybody lives in the northeast and is affected by the storm, life goes on. what will be
critical on the electoral map. >> we can do better. a better america. a stronger america is ahead. >> reporter: a day after governor romney stumped in new hampshire. >> our president barack obama. >> reporter: the president was there with former president bill clinton. it's a race so tight that even four electoral votes could be the margin of victory. the nbc poll shows that this is a battle of the sexes. president obama has an eight-point lead among women and governor romney a zseven-point lead among men. >>> california teachers spent their sunday rallying for proposition 30 to prevent billions of dollars in cuts to education. educators and other supporters are manning phone banks and goes door to door. and today, gavin newsom told a group in freemont that the future of the schools is on the line tuesday. >> we can't after tord the mafoe cuts to the most poor. i'm a democrat like you. we want to prevent disease. >> prop 30 would cause increasing taxes on those individuals making more than $300,000. and if passed the proposition with the most votes will become law. >>> californian
're going to keep america the hope of the earth with your help, pennsylvania. >> reporter: in the final stretch, a deliberate focus on bipartisanship, governor romney saying he could break the gridlock. >> i'll be able to reach democrats and republicans who care more about the country. an increased use of the teleprompters, to avoid mistakes >> i need your vote, i need your work, walk with me, let's walk together, tomorrow is a new beginning. >> reporter: and brian, even at this late hour, romney advisers remain very confident that they will win this election tomorrow. they dispute polls that show them trailing and cite strength of support among independents and a more enthusiastic base. >> peter alexander, starting us off with the romney campaign, thank you, peter. now over to the obama campaign, his push also rode through ohio today. his final stop in ohio, however. nbc's kristen welker has more. >> reporter: president obama is defending his firewall last stop right here in iowa, a state that holds special meaning and also crucial electoral votes. it is the last push, today, the presi
. with the right leadership, america's going to come roaring back. >> let's go vote! let's keep moving forward! god bless you and god bless the united states of america. >> so the day is here. obama or romney. voters are getting to make their choice and deciding the fate of the country and state and area as you head out on this election day. >> the presidential and vice presidential candidates were casting their ballots this morning, except for president obama. he voted early a couple of weeks ago on october 25th. nbc bay area leann grey has latest. >> reporter: long lines at polling stations in battle ground states in ohio and virginia and north carolina and florida and colorado and nevada. also in hurricane-damaged areas without power, balloted are cast in tents. after a year of campaigning, canndidates voted today. romney voted in massachusetts. vice president joe biden waited at his polling station in delaware. president obama, now back in chicago, held his final campaign rally in iowa on monday night. he won't be voting today. he joined the more than 30 million people nationwide who voted earl
in congress, urging them to compromise before america falls off the fiscal cliff. what's that? long-term unemployment benefits and the 2% payroll tax cut expiring, a big cut in medicare payments, and your taxes going up january 1, if congress doesn't act. plus, another $500 billion in cuts at the pentagon. boeing, the military's second largest supplier, already announced a second round of executive layoffs. >> nobody wants to see this fiscal cliff without a deal, because the cuts are severe and the tax increases are severe and so we've got to find a path forward. >> reporter: on capital hill leaders signaled compromise. >> compromise is not a dirty word. i want to work together, but i want everyone to also understand you can't push us around. >> i'm not suggesting we compromise on our principles, but i am suggesting that we commit ourselves to creating an atmosphere where we can see common ground where it exists and seize it. >> reporter: post election, the same president, the same balance of power in congress, and the same problems that divided a nation. now, you might recall, befo
about america's fiscal cliff. president obama will address it head on today. we'll tell you what it means for your money. >>> tuesday's vote makes marijuana legal in colorado where nfl superstar peyton manning just invested in over two dozen pizza restaurants. >>> and newly released video of a suspected killer stealing and crashing a plane. the gruesome details ahead. >> announcer: this is "early today" for friday, november 9th, >> announcer: this is "early today" for friday, november 9th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. and today the focus is back to washington and whether the white house and congress can put aside campaign bitterness to reach a deal avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff. last night house speaker john boehner insisted he's optimistic about an agreement telling abc's diane sawyer he is, quote, the most reasonable responsible person in washington but he's also not backing off his stand on tax hikes. >> raising taxes on small business people is the wrong prescription given where our economy is. >> is it
and if she didn't know better, she shouldn't be the voice of america. >> we will do whatever is necessary to block the nomination. >> well, back to petraeus, the "wall street journal" reports he was already at odds with his boss, national intelligence director james clapper, after petraeus wanted the cia to fight back publicly against criticism for its role in benghazi. >>> and we have new details this morning on the personal scandals that have developed. petraeus and afghan war commander john allen, from nbc's andrea mitchell, who broke this story. >> reporter: at his news conference, the president went outs of his way to praise petraeus. >> he has provided this country an extraordinary service. we are safer because of the work that dave petraeus has done. >> reporter: as paula broadwell remained in washington staying with her brother and still not talking, officials say the investigation was triggered in may when general john allen received an e-mail from an account called kelleypatrol. sources close to kelley say it warned the general to stay away from her, that she could ruin him. gen
of robbing a bank of america the day after election day. he handed the teller a demand note and left with $1,700. police say they identified him through fingerprints and surveillance videos. he's behind bars facing several felony robbery charges. >>> tense moments at the oakland airport today. alleged bomb making materials were found during a security screening. a man from southern california was promptly arrested. cheryl hurd joins from us oakland international. a news conference just wrapped up. what do we know now? >> reporter: that's right. alameda county sheriffs are not releasing a picture of the watch but i did get a glimpse at it. it is silver in color. it had wires coming out of it. it had a toggle switch on it. the man arrested called it art but it did not look like art to me. here's a picture of the man arrested. his name is jeffrey mcgann. 49 years old from southern california. police say he was here for a one-day trip. he flew in around 11:00 and attempted to fly out at 7:00 p.m. tsa officials flagged the watch down as he was going through screening. they said it just didn't loo
dinner for every family in america. >> reporter: there's no down time at the plant. only fresh turkeys come off the line now. >> 26 or 27, everybody's pretty tired and dragging. >> reporter: wilma has worked in the turkey industry almost four years. >> i work there had about eight years. >> reporter: in fact it's hard to find anyone here who doesn't have a connection to it. >> my mom works at butter ball. >> reporter: in a tough economy, a product most americans buy at least once a year keeps the paychecks coming. and a free bird given to the workers doesn't go to waste. what do you eat for thanksgiving dinner? >> turkey, of course. >> reporter: from a small town that runs on turkey. >>> that's nbc "nightly news" for this sunday. brian williams will be here tomorrow. up next, football night in america, followed by sunday night football, the ravens versus the steelers. i'm lester holt reporting from new york, for all of us here at nbc news, good night. (car horn) paying with your smartphone instead of cash... (phone rings) that's a step forward. with chase quickpay, you can send money d
encouraging a labor strike on black friday. >>> meanwhile, teens shopping at minnesota's mall of america will need to be accompanied by an adult on thanksgiving night, black friday and the week between christmas and new year's. a mele at the mega mall on december 26th last year led to numerous arrests. >>> a new online survey finds nearly one in five will celebrate thanksgiving with fellow employees in or out of the workplace. >>> according to new economic data, harlingen, texas, is america's most affordable city where a texas t-bone steak will set you back $8.31 a pound. not bad. norman and ardmore, oklahoma, came in second and third followed by pueblo, colorado, and memphis, tennessee. >>> and this survey gives a whole new meaning to flushing your money down the toilet. a new survey about american's mobile shopping habits show that 38 million americans admitted to having shopped online while on the throne. you know who you are. >>> well, it's a weapons system that costs hundreds of millions of dollars to develop. it's been 90% accurate. u.s. taxpayers have contributed $200 million as w
had gone in a storm drain to stay warm. >> small businesses across america got their share of the spotlight today. it is small business saturday a-day when the small players in the retail trade hope to compete with those mega malls and store chains. we begin our coverage with nbc bay area's brian mooar in washington. >> reporter: at a little book store just outside the nation's capital president obama and his daughters were thinking small. >> we can do a little shopping as well. happy thanksgiving, everybody. >> reporter: on this small business saturday the president chose to lead by example. giving a boost to the small businesses that often get lost in the holiday sales shuffle. >> small businesses are the job creators. two out of every three met new private sector jobs are created by a small business. >> reporter: and those small business owners are counting on their neighbors for survival. >> just don't have that kind of budget, just advertising with the mega marketing. it's nice to still be remembered and small business saturday is the best time that people notice us.
other. >> the local guy is -- he's the backbone of america. that's the foundation. it's what america's all about. entrepreneurship. >> great thursday appears to have stolen some of black friday's thunder. retail shopping tracking company shopper track says consumers spent $11.2 billion at retail stores on friday, which is down 1.8% from last year. the company says stores opening their doors on thanksgiving day led to fewer shoppers in stores on friday. >>> well, it looks like a scene out of a movie. coming up, the race to save the driver trapped in this truck, dangling over a busy highway. >>> plus, a groundbreaking cancer treatment close to approval. and bay area researchers are leading the way. >>> and we're seeing a chilly saturday night around the bay area. already near 40 degrees in fairfield and santa rosa seeing some patchy, thick fog, too. visibility's down to a quarter mile. that's what you're going to wake up to tomorrow morning. however, the seven-day forecast is going to bring in increasing wind and rain. we'll let you know if that's going to arrive by the end of the week
of the things that's really interesting about jefferson is he embodies the best and the worst of america, and that's what makes him so fascinate together study. you can see all of it. chris: how did jefferson deal with the question of equality? i was watching a clip of the new movie, "lincoln," about where he says if things are both equal to something else, they're equal to each other. he's thinking through the logic of equality. >> he thought all men were created equal. certainly that's all the caveats that existed during his time period. not even all white men were created quafment he said blacks and whites were equal in his moral sense. one of his quotes is because isaac newton was smarter than everybody else didn't give him the right to be the master of anyone. chris: land-owning white people. and not women. >> not women. certainly i think he probably would have had a greater problem with women in equality than blacks. but certainly hierarchy arcal and some notion that the enlightenment would change things. chris: this is a larry king question -- did he love her? >> we don't know. we
rates. you cap the amounts of eitemize deductions. >> reporter: america is borrowing too much money trying to keep social security and medicare afloat. >> there will come a point in time where we can't borrow anymore money and interest rates will sky rocket. >> this congress is already one vote away from avoiding the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: and no word yet on when the next white house meeting will happen. tracie potts, nbc news, washington. >>> thank you. the governor of new york says in some ways superstorm sandy is worse than hurricane katrina. governor cuomo says sandy hit a more densely hit area. the governor says his state now needs $42 billion to recover from all that damage. $9 billion of that amount will help prepare for future storms by protecting the power grid and the cell phone network. >>> a spokesperson for the israeli army is under fire after appearing online in black face. scott mcgrew says it is a startling misstep for an organization that has been tech savvy until now. >> we were talking about how the israeli defense force was using twitter and youtube and faceb
to shore, the cameras discovered the most dirty beach in america. the growing wave of trash from the tsunami in japan, and more heading our way. >>> and is there life on mars? the folks who run the rover are hinting at a discovery. nightly news begins now. >>> good evening, while millions of americans have bought a ticket hoping to be awarded a pile of money and financial security for life, there is another kind of lottery going on in washington. they're playing with our money. we're going to find out shortly if two parties can agree on a way to keep this country from falling off what is referred to for good reason as a "fiscal cliff,". there were sporadic outbreaks of bipartisanship, no real compromise yet. but the issues are tough and will affect every single american before it is over. we'll take a closer look on how it could impact medicare in just a moment. first we want to begin with white house political director chuck todd, good evening. on where things stand at the negotiating table, good evening >> reporter: today, washington had the feel of a full-blown election campai
business. it's part of the good of the world entrepreneurs can bring. >> and in america is amounts of money have to be larger than the developing world. it takes more. what's the difference in size? >> i don't know the exact. from looking at the site, sometimes four or five. they have analytics on it. >> you sit on the board, but you don't run it day to day. >> i help with key product things. we had a discussion about whether to use it in the u.s. we decided it was important to do everywhere so we also launched the u.s. a year ago. >> on the subject of big money zynga which you are a big investor in is giving a secondary offering. this is your opportunity to sell zynga. >> i'm on the board. so my ability to comment is limited. >> i understand. this may be a recurring theme. we respect and understand when you are not permitted to say things due to federal law. >> but we still want to know. >> the public record i'm selling a little bit of the secondary. i can confirm that. >> you sold facebook early as well. >> yes. mostly financial diversification. the vast majority of my economic positions
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